Sunday, August 7, 2011

BW32: E is for Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Something simple this week to think about rather than enticing you with more books to weigh down your TBR piles or wishlist.

A Nation's Strength

What makes a nation's pillars high
And it's foundations strong?
What makes it mighty to defy
The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust,
Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet;
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor's sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly...
They build a nation's pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

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  1. I always forget that Emerson wrote poetry too. I am so used to thinking of him as an essayist. Lovely poem! Thanks for posting it.

  2. I finished quite a few last week but "The Tallest of smalls" is the only review that's live.

    My favorite book this week was Go Small or Go Home.

  3. Done with 'As the Crow Flies'. This is my second reading but first review. Love Charlie Trumper and Becky...


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